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Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you. (Thanks go out to Kim of Texting my Pancreas for inspiring this topic.)
So – I’m not going to change the world but I will soon be one of those d-people writing letters to promote CGM coverage for Medicare because, guess what? It’s almost that time of life for me. (Really? When did that happen? Is that why they no longer “card” me at the liquor store?)
When I was diagnosed and when that diagnosis indicated Type 1 LADA, I knew I wanted a pump. At that time, insurance said that you had to be on MDI for at least two years before you could even hope to get a pump.
Well – with thanks to those d-people who wrote and advocated and blogged and begged, I got the pump without a two year wait.
Same with the CGM, Kerri and others had to fight to get a CGM. Now, because of her and all of the others who worked hard for all of us, I have a CGM. And it’s probably saved us a couple of ER trips, easily.
Driving? I have pulled off I93, tested, and did the “drink the juice” before continuing.
Sleeping? 49 on Dexcom means juice and maybe a peanut butter cracker at 2am.
Working? Gardening? Cooking? All of them!
So now – I’m approaching Medicare and know that CGMs are not provided. I’ve known it for awhile. It sucks.
When I spoke with my PCP about this Medicare D-issue, along with others – like enough test strips, she quietly said, “Well, it costs them less, if you die.”
Mike H wrote about it over at DiabetesMine.
And Sue wrote about it at Test, Guess & Go.
Advocate? Sure, count me in!